Bryan Singer has two years until the release of X-Men: Apocalypse but with studios now setting their calendars for 10 years in advance, there is no time to waste in production. Singer today released a photo of the completed treatment for the upcoming Fox film.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1980s and will be about the X-Men facing off against their greatest mutant foe, Apocalypse or En Sabah Nur (The First One). Apocalypse is the original mutant known by man or mutant with the ability to absorb and manipulate mutant abilities. He is hell bent on having mutants be the dominant force on Earth, but would also have all other mutants service him. He makes Magneto look like a softie. Apocalypse is powerful, but often uses a group called the Four Horsemen as his emissaries. Apocalypse sits beside Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Darkseid in the DC Cinematic Universe as the ultimate otherworldly “Big Bad” for our heroes to battle.
The character was introduced in the end credits of the hugely popular X-Men: Days of Future Past. Apocalypse was also a popular featured character in the cartoon from the 1990s that has gone a long way to stoking the interest in mutants in 2010s.
Fox has expressed a desire to have Singer return as director despite the sexual abuse allegations unleashed on him shortly before the premiere of Days of Future Past. The media attention was so white hot that Singer had to take himself out of the promotional interviews for his most successful film to date. Singer has slowly worked his way back into the X-Men limelight with a few of his recent posts on social media. He has not stopped promoting his production company’s (Bad Hat Harry) various TV and film projects since the allegation were released in late April.
Singer wrote the treatment in collaboration with Fox/Marvel guru Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris. Kinberg wrote both X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past while Doughtery and Harris co-wrote X2: X-Men United with Singer.
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for a May 2016 opening, but will more than likely be later in the month after both Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman come out on May 6, 2016.